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Hot Wheels Turbo Racing is a racing video game released for the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation in 1999. It features 40 cars based on the Hot Wheels series of toys. It also features Kyle Petty's 1999 NASCAR stock car, as it was sponsored by Hot Wheels. The game features music from artists like Primus, Metallica, The Reverend Horton Heat and Mix Master Mike.


Gameplay

The focus of the game is racing one of a selection of vehicles through various themed race tracks. Secret tracks can be unlocked by winning races and new cars can be used by finding 'Mystery Car' bonuses hidden in each track. Six vehicles participate in each race.[1][2] The game features a total of 40 playable vehicles.[2][3] Stunts can be executed by holding the directional pad or analog stick in certain directions while in mid-air to add to the turbo meter for increased speed.

As seen in the hint screens, using the controller to perform various stunts from jumping-off points gains 'Turbos' which allow short bursts of speed. The car in use will take damage based on running into obstacles or other cars. Power-up icons found around the track give various performance enhancements.

Each car has its own measurements in 4 categories: Top Speed, Stunts, Durability, and Control. Top Speed, shown in red, determines the car's top speed, though for some vehicles it is incorrect. Splittin' Image II, for example, is 1 MPH faster than Street Rodder, but the Street Rodder is shown as being faster. Additionally, Sol-Air CX-4 is 10 MPH faster than Speed Blaster, but Speed Blaster is shown as being faster. The fastest cars in the game are the Rigor Motor, Power Pipes, Twin Mill, and Twin Mill II.

Stunts, shown in bright green, determines a car's maneuverability in the air. The higher the Stunts ability, the faster the car will spin, roll, or flip in the air, which allows for earning more turbos from various tricks. The Go Kart has the highest Stunts stat.

Durability, shown in blue, determines a car's resistance to hazards such as TNT crates, HazMat barrels, other cars, or collisions with walls or road forks. A car with high Durability will destroy a car with lower durability in a collision initiated by either. The most durable cars are the Gulch Stepper and Super Van.

Lastly, Control determines a car's handling. Cars with higher handling are better suited for the curves of each track. The best-handling car in the game is an 8-way tie between the Shadow Jet, Speed Blaster, Sol-Aire CX-4, Formula 5000, Go Kart, Hot Wheels 500, Twin Mill, and Twin Mill II. Unlike other stats, the color used for Control changes depending on how high or low it is. From lowest to highest, it is dark green, yellow, red, then pink.

Acceleration appears to also be different among each vehicle. Thunder Roller has notably lower acceleration than Jet Threat, for example.

Featured Cars

Car Name Notes Game Version Actual Version (or Close Proximity) 4x4?
Bi-Sector The 1st of 2 cars that was part of the Crashers series 00BiSector BiSector No
Cat-A-Pult Game version identical to the 1998 FE version 01Catapult Cat-A-Pult Red5sp No
Deora Game version similar to the 1968 FE Version 02Deora DeoraTROrange Yes
Double Vision Game version identical to the 1998 FE version 03DoubleVision Double Vision Red No
Dragster Game version identical to the 1995 Race Team version 04Dragster Dragster race team 5sp 1995 No
Evil Weevil Game version identical to the 1971 FE version 05EvilWeevil EvilWeevil8 Crop No
Formula 5000 Game version paint & tampos unlike any released version 06Formula5K TRFormula5K No
Go Kart Game version similar to the 1998 FE version 07GoCart Go Kart No
Gulch Stepper Game version paint & tampos unlike any released version 08GulchStepper Gulch Stepper YelCT Yes
Hot Wheels 500 Game version similar to the 1995 Race Team Version. 09HotWheels500 Hot Wheels 500 Blu No
Hot Wheels Car Game version very similar to the HW Race Team edition 10HotWheelsCar TRHWCarRR No
Jet Threat Game version identical to 1971 FE version. 11JetThreat JetThreatAqua No
Lakester Game version very similar to the 1998 FE version 12Lakester Lakester RedLft No
Mongoose Game version most similar to the 1973 Mongoose II version 13Mongoose Mongoose 1973 Red No
Power Pipes Game version similar to the 1997 Phantom Racers version 14PowerPipes TRPowerPipes No
Power Pistons Game version similar to the 1996 Toy Fair release. 15PowerPistons Power Pistons DM '96 ToyFair No
Power Rocket Game version most similar to the 1995 FE version 16PowerRocket Power Rocket Purpl5SP2 No
Purple Passion Game version similar to the 1990 FE version 17PurplePassionJPG Purplepassion No
Rash 1 The 2nd of 2 cars that was part of the Crashers series 18Rash1 TR Rash1 No
Red Baron Game version identical to
the 1973 version
19RedBaron RedBaron RL Flying Yes
Rigor Motor Game version identical to the 1994 FE version 20RigorMotor Rigor Motor MtRed No
Road Rocket Game version very similar to the 1996 FE version 21RoadRocket TRRoadRocket No
Rock Buster Game version paint unlike any released version 22RockBuster Rock buster flyin color yellow BW Yes
Shadow Jet Game version paint & tampos unlike any released version. (The 2006 release is similar) 23ShadowJet TRShadowJet No
Silhouette II Game version very similar to the 1993 FE release 24SilhouetteII TRSilhouetteII No
Slideout Game version identical to the 1998 FE version 25Slideout SlideOut Prp Yes
Snake Game version most similar to the 1973 Snake II version 26Snake Snake No
Sol-Aire CX-4 Game version similar to the 1994 version 27SolAireCX4 Sol-Aire-DKBluUH No
Speed Blaster Game version similar to the 1995 release 28SpeedBlaster Speed Blaster blu5sp No
Splittin' Image II Game version identical to the 1998 X-Treme Machines 5-Pack version 29SplittinImageII Splittin Image II AGENTAIR 3 No
Stagefright Game version identical to the 1978 Flying Colors version 30Stagefright Stagefright BW malaysia base Yes
Stealth Game version paint & window are unlike any released version 31Stealth TRStealth No
Street Rodder Game version similar to the 1976 Flying Colors version 32StreetRodder Streetrodder Yes
Strip Teaser Game version similar to the 1971 FE version 33StripTeaser TRStripTeaser No
Super Van Game version similar to the 1975 Flying Colors version 34SuperVan Supervan BlkRLL Yes
Sweet 16 II Game version identical to the 1999 Toys 'R' Us Exclusive version 35Sweet16II Sweet 16 II PrpFlms No
Thunder Roller Game version identical to the X-V Racers version 36ThunderRoller ThunderRollerXVRACERS Yes
Tow Jam Game version identical to the 1998 FE version 37TowJam 18841-towjam-xdroop Yes
Twin Mill Game version paint and tampos unlike any released version. (The 2008 Since '68 version is similar) 38TwinMill TRTwinMill Yes
Twin Mill II Game version identical to the 1996 release. 39TwinMillII Twin Mill II DkBluUH Yes
Way 2 Fast Game version identical to the 1997 FE version 40Way2Fast Way 2 Fast OrgSlv Yes
Twin Mill A gold spectraflame version is shown in the game intro 41TwinMill TRTwinMillIntroVid

Tracks

Track Name Track Close Up In All Formats? Unlock? No. of Mystery Cars
Dawn Encounter
HWTR Track Dawn Encounter
Yes Available at start 2
Snake River Mine
HWTR Track Road To Snake River Mine
Yes Available at start 2
Road To Rustwell
HWTR Track Road To Rustwell
Yes Available at start 2
Cold Fusion
HWTR Track Cold Fusion
Yes Available at start 2
Command Center
HWTR Track Command Center
Yes Available at start 2
Helicrash
HWTR Track Helicrash
Yes Available at start 1
R.M. Sludgeworks
HWTR Track R.M. Sludgeworks
Yes Complete the Hot Wheels Cup 2
R.M. Test Track
HWTR Track R.M. Test Track
Yes Complete the Hot Wheels Cup 1
Exhaust Pipes
HWTR Track Exhaust Pipes
No Complete the Hot Wheels Cup 0
Serpent Sprint
HWTR Track Serpent Sprint
No Complete the Secret Car Cup 0
Volcano Blowout
HWTR Track Volcano Blowout
No Complete the Secret Car Cup 0

Power Ups

Spread throughout each race track are a number of useful power-ups that temporarily boost a vehicle's performance. Only 1 power-up can be used at a time.

Icon Name

Description

HWTB 4X4 Icon
4X4 Allows a vehicle to drive through the slippery or muddy shortcuts without being slowed down. Vehicles will also be able to go through walls marked "4x4 only" and rail guards. Some vehicles, such as Deora, have built-in 4x4 and do not require the power-up.
HWTB Cars Of Steal Icon
Cars Of Steel

Temporarily provides a vehicle with maximum durability.

This is useful for ramming into other cars, which destroys them instantly.

HWTB Gyro Icon
Gyro Enhances a vehicle's ability to perform stunts.
HWTB Rubber Cars Icon
Rubber Car Forces cars that bash into the player to harmlessly bounce off, which usually destroys them. Behaves similarly to "Cars of Steel" at a glance.
HWTB Sticky Tires Icon
Sticky Tires Improves the grip of a vehicle's tires, maximizing its handling.
HWTB Super Breaks Icon
Super Brakes Significantly improves braking ability, allowing a car to stop on a dime.
HWTB Super Handling Icon
Super Handling Increases the grip, downforce, engine power, and center of gravity of a vehicle resulting in greater handling capacity. It also maximizes the vehicle's top speed, which caps at 180. The vehicle's engine will rev higher.
HWTB Turbo Boost Icon
Turbo Boost Collect to add more turbos to the Turbo Meter.

Links

PlayStation Sounds (downloadable)

Nintendo 64 Sounds (downloadable)

Trivia

  • Shadow Jet II was named Stealth
  • Strip Teaser was unlockable in PS1 Version instead of the N64.
  • Exhaust Pipe, Serpent Sprint & Volcano Blowout are exclusive to the PS1 Version
  • The wheels and details of some cars are different in the N64 Version than the PS1 Version.

Videos

Hot Wheels Turbo Racing (Part 7 - FINALE) - Dude Tier Codes - HGPlay-0

Hot Wheels Turbo Racing (Part 7 - FINALE) - Dude Tier Codes - HGPlay-0

Hot Wheels Turbo Racing Secrets (PS1)

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